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Social and Behavioral Sciences


No surprise here! Unboxing videos fueling tantrums, breeding consumerism

Nearly 80% of kids age 4-10 regularly watch "unboxing videos" in which people, often children, open new presents online. The more they watch, the more likely they are to beg their parents for toys and throw a fit when the answer is no. Researchers a...

– University of Colorado Boulder

Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) meeting

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Toxic corporate workplace culture could be linked to Australia's spiral into depression

Here’s a sobering statistic for the ‘lucky country’: 36 million prescriptions for antidepressant medication were issued in Australia in 2018, the second highest in the developed world after Iceland.

– University of South Australia

Mindfulness training may help lower blood pressure, new study shows

As the leading cause of death in both the United States and the world, heart disease claims nearly 18 million lives every year, according to the World Health Organization.

– Brown University

PLOS ONE; UH2AT009145, UH3AT009145


How Often People Worship Is More Important than Where They Worship When It Comes to Being Good Neighbors

Americans travel farther on average to their worship places than they did a decade ago. But while those who belong to a congregation in their neighborhood attend more often, “worshipping local” does not make them feel closer to their neighbors or...

– Baylor University

Review of Religious Research

‘Going Negative’: How Trump Has Changed the Twitter Narrative

If not for Twitter, US President Donald Trump would not be in the White House today. True/false? That’s for others to judge but it’s probably true, say two Australian linguists who have released a paper analysing Trump’s use of Twitter prior to...

– University of South Australia

Love, Lies and Money: Study Introduces, Defines and Measures Financial Infidelity

New research from the University of Notre Dame introduces the concept of financial infidelity — engaging in any financial behavior likely to be frowned upon by a romantic partner and intentionally failing to disclose that behavior.

– University of Notre Dame

Journal of Consumer Research

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Gun Violence, Bullying and Poverty Again Named as Top Three Social Concerns for Youth by Chicago Parents

Consistent with last year, Chicago parents again selected gun violence, bullying/cyberbullying and poverty as the top three social problems for children and adolescents in the city, according to the latest survey results released by Ann & Robert H. L...

– Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Voices of Child Health in Chicago, Dec-2019


This ‘Fix’ for Economic Theory Changes Everything From Gambles to Inequality to Ponzi Schemes

Whether we decide to take out that insurance policy, buy Bitcoin, or switch jobs, many economic decisions boil down to a fundamental gamble about how to maximize our wealth over time. How we understand these decisions is the subject of a new perspect...

– Santa Fe Institute

Embargo expired on 02-Dec-2019 at 11:00 ET



Helping children birth to 5 with social/emotional, developmental disorders

More than 50 mental health clinicians and 14 Head Start teachers are increasing their ability to help young children experiencing social and emotional difficulties, thanks to training provided through the South Dakota Early Childhood Mental Health Co...

– South Dakota State University

Rutgers Researchers Teach Lessons on Extraterrestrial Life in Local Elementary Schools

Each week, researchers with Rutgers ENIGMA teach astrobiology lessons to children in grades four through eight at McKinley Community School and Greater New Brunswick Charter School. Astrobiology is a relatively new interdisciplinary field that seeks ...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Today

3 Reasons to Celebrate the CSU

​​​​​​​With 23 campuses serving more than 482,000 students across the state, the California State University has the power to transform lives with higher education. And the 3.8 million alumni who are driving the world's fifth largest ec...

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office


Building a sense of belonging in Utah schools

A team of Utah educators launches the Belonging Schools Initiative to empower families as partners in their children’s education.

– University of Utah

Darden Executive Education Program Offers ‘Profound’ Experiences for Diverse Communications Leaders

For nearly two decades, a unique executive education program has played a significant role in promoting the growth of leaders of color in the media and communications space.

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Law and Public Policy


Differences in replacement level fertility point to inequalities

The percentage of the world’s population that is above or below the ‘replacement level of fertility’ has long been used as a measure of demographic development. A new study revisited how this metric is calculated and how useful it really is in ...

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis



Rural-Urban Flip: How Changing ACA Rules Affected Health Insurance Premium Costs

People in rural areas of the U.S. who receive subsidies to buy health insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplaces pay less in premiums than their counterparts in urban areas, a flip that occurred in 2018 and has been widening since, according to a...

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Health Affairs; 10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00917

Embargo expired on 03-Dec-2019 at 16:00 ET

Should the United States Rethink Its Trade Policy?

In this episode of our special Election 2020 series of The President’s Inbox, Jennifer Hillman and Thea M. Lee join host James M. Lindsay to discuss past and current U.S. trade policy.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

James M. Lindsay, "Should the United States Rethink Its Trade Policy?", The President's Inbox, November 26, 2019.

Distinguished Voices Series with Susan E. Rice

Susan Rice discusses her new book Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For, which is a look back on her dynamic career in public service.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Susan E. Rice, Distinguished Voices Series, Council on Foreign Relations, November 14, 2019.

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NCAA takes steps to allow college athletes to get paid… now what?

For decades, the NCAA has adamantly opposed the idea of student-athletes being paid to play college sports. That position is no longer tenable.

Expert Available

– Arizona State University (ASU)

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

This World AIDS Day Finds Us at a Crossroads

This World AIDS Day marks a promising and unprecedented point in a quest begun nearly four decades ago to end the global public health threat of HIV through science and solidarity. Increasingly, effective and essential technologies, medicines and me...

– Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA)

LifeWire Announcement

Vermont Universities Win $250,000 Grant to Bring More Locally Grown Food to Their Campuses

The Henry P. Kendall Foundation announced the University of Vermont and Norwich University, and food services provider Sodexo, as a 2019 New England Food Vision Prize award winner. The $250,000 prize will increase the availability of local produce to...

– University of Vermont

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Hires New Associate Dean for Finance and Administration

Benner brings more than 20 years of experience in financial and operational management positions and significant experience in higher education administration.

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Driven by Realities of Climate Change, Composer Lei Liang Receives One of Classical Music’s Top Honors

UC San Diego professor and world-renowned composer Lei Liang wins the 2020 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his orchestral work that both evokes the realities of climate change and offers the enduring potential for healing.

– University of California San Diego





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